Behavior Support for Students with ASD: Practical Help for 10 Common Challenges

Author: Debra Leach Ed.D., BCBA

Format: Paperback, 256 pages, 8.5 x 11.0
ISBN: 9781681251998
Price: $39.95

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When students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) engage in challenging behavior, how can teachers best respond? This practical guidebook shows you how to address ten of the most common classroom behavior challenges—from following directions to handling transitions—with skill, insight, and compassion.

You'll start with an in-depth overview of the characteristics your students with ASD may have, plus foundational guidance on using functional behavior assessment (FBA) and multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) to address challenging behaviors. Then, for each of the ten behaviors, you'll get a dedicated chapter on how to
  • Understand your students. Learn more about the academic, social, cognitive, and physical challenges that may contribute to each behavior.
  • Assess their behavior. You'll get an easy-to-use FBA checklist for assessing the function of each specific challenging behavior, along with classroom examples and helpful tips for accurately assessing items on the checklists.
  • Support positive behavior. You'll discover how to use research-based strategies to help students develop more adaptive behaviors. Vignettes and sample intervention plans show you how to translate assessment into effective supports tailored to each student's needs.

A must for all teachers of students in Grades K–12, this reader-friendly guide will help you support students with ASD, resolve or reduce behavior challenges, and strengthen academic and social-emotional outcomes for every learner.

PRACTICAL MATERIALS: 10 FBA checklists, plus detailed guidelines, vignettes, and sample intervention plans.

  1. Following directions
  2. Engaging during group instruction
  3. Working independently
  4. Repetitive behaviors
  5. Aggressive behaviors
  6. Working with partners and groups
  7. Attempting unfamiliar or difficult tasks
  8. Engaging in nonpreferred tasks
  9. Transitions
  10. Shouting out


Review: The Midwest Book Review
Behavior Support for Students with ASD is an essential instructional guide and manual for all teachers of ASD students in Grades K–12, making it decidedly and unreservedly recommended for school district, college, and university library Teacher Education collections in general, and ASD Special Education supplemental studies reading lists in particular.”
Review by: Lynn Koegel, Stanford School of Medicine
Behavior Support for Students with ASD is a practical, user-friendly guide to understanding and developing comprehensive individualized interventions based on the unique challenges of each student. I highly recommend it for parents, professionals, pre-professionals, and others who work with individuals with ASD.”
Review by: Cindy Golden, University of West Florida
“[This book] will be a wonderful resource for not only educators but for anyone who works with students on the spectrum.”

Table of Contents

About the Forms
About the Author

I. Understanding Students With ASD and Frameworks for Providing Behavioral Support
  1. Characteristics of Students With ASD
  2. Multi-Tiered Systems of Support for Students With ASD
  3. Functional Behavioral Assessment for Students With ASD
II. Ten Common Behavioral Challenges of Students With ASD
  1. Following Directions
    Appendix 4.1: FBA Checklist for Difficulty Following Directions
  2. Engaging During Group Instruction
    Appendix 5.1: FBA Checklist for Difficulty Engaging During Group Instruction
  3. Working Independently
    Appendix 6.1: FBA Checklist for Difficulty Working Independently
  4. Repetitive Behaviors
    Appendix 7.1: FBA Checklist for Repetitive Behaviors
  5. Aggressive Behaviors
    Appendix 8.1: FBA Checklist for Aggressive Behaviors
  6. Working With Partners and Groups
    Appendix 9.1: FBA Checklist for Difficulties Working With Partners and Groups
  7. Attempting Unfamiliar or Difficult Tasks
    Appendix 10.1: FBA Checklist for Difficulties Attempting Unfamiliar or Difficult
  8. Engaging in Nonpreferred Tasks
    Appendix 11.1: FBA Checklist for Difficulties Engaging in Nonpreferred Tasks
  9. Transitions
    Appendix 12.1: FBA Checklist for Difficulties With Transitions
  10. Shouting Out
    Appendix 13.1: FBA Checklist for Shouting Out
Appendix A: Characteristics of ASD Assessment
Appendix B: Characteristics of ASD FBA Template and Samples

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